Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor Chris Kennedy’s first campaign ad evokes a very personal and tragic event from his childhood, the assassination of his father Robert F. Kennedy.
Then Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-NY), or RFK, was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1968 after winning the Democratic state primary there for President of the United States. His assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, is currently serving a life term in a California prison. RFK’s brother, former President John F. Kennedy, was also assassinated in 1963 in Dallas.
The ad, which you can view here, uses Chris Kennedy’s personal experience to discuss the issue of gun violence in some Illinois cities such as Chicago and Rockford. Kennedy, who was a toddler when his father was murdered, says, “Violence which can touch our society anywhere will eventually touch our society everywhere. Just as it did to my family … I understand how difficult it is to recover from that.”
After a narrator states that Kennedy has an 8-point plan to reduce gun violence, Kennedy says, “No one action will prevent the next deadly night but together we can, we must, we will rise up and stop the slaughter.”
A companion digital ad (which you can see here) also includes his running mate, community activist Ra Joy, who lost his son in a shooting in June.